After dominating the premium commuter segment, Bajaj wants to move to the cruiser segment currently dominated by Royal Enfield. Let us look at top 5 things which are important in the Bajaj Pulsar CS 400.
Bajaj will power the Pulsar CS400 with the KTM's 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled and will be re-tuned to address the cruising aspect of the Pulsar CS400. This engine will churn out 43bhp and 35Nm of peak torque, mated to the 6-speed manual gearbox.
You can expect a top speed of 165km/h and a mileage of 25-28 km/l. It will also come with ABS and disc brakes for both the wheels. The front end will be suspended by upside down fork and rear will be taken care by a mono-shock.
The naked frame Pulsar CS 400 is beefier compared its the family of Pulsars. The fuel tank has a sculpted design with a bright halogen headlamp, midship exhaust like we see in the KTM Duke. LED taillamps will make up the upswept rear profile of the bike. Considered a cruiser cum sports bike, the handlebar will be conventional and ride position will help travel long distances.
A digital display is mounted on the tank, suggesting more information about the ride, this emphasizes that Bajaj wants to position it in the tourer segment. The switch gears are illuminated on the model as well.
You can expect the launch of the Pulsar CS 400 during May or early June, 2016. Dealers could start bookings of the Pulsar CS 400 much earlier than the launch date. This will be the most powerful bike from the stable of Bajaj and it will be their flagship model.
There have been numerous spy shots of the test mule and this clearly indicates the launch is imminent any time soon. A 200 version of the CS 400 could be expected as well.
Price In India:
The Bajaj Pulsar CS 400 using the KTM's 390 engine will not be priced like the KTM, rather it is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 2 lakh or lower. Bajaj cannot look to position it on par with the KTM, as the KTM has its own cult following.
The cruiser segment is dominated by Royal Enfield and nobody has been able to break the stronghold of the mighty Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer. Bajaj is looking break that jinx and gain a foothold in this market. Also, Mahindra Mojo is another bike which the Pulsar CS 400 will try to compete with.